Navy’s plan for a 170-ship force
Part of: Prelims and GS-III – Defence and security
Context The Navy’s plan for a 170 ship force is under way, and some changes in timelines are also being finalised.
- The Navy shall include a second indigenous aircraft carrier in its Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP).
- The Navy will commission the first Project-15B class stealth-guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam on November 21, and the fourth Scorpene class submarine Vela on November 25.
- Current status: The Navy currently has 130 ships and had earlier planned to achieve securing 200, which was revised to 170 ships by 2027.
- Revised timeline: The timeline is now being revised as the Navy is revising its MCPP for the next 15 years, which is expected to be ready by 2022.
- It will be in line with the 10-year Integrated Capability Development Plan (ICDP) being formulated by the Department of Military Affairs to bring in service integration
Navy’s Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP)
- The Navy’s Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP)’ emphasises on capability building rather than numbers.
- The MCPP lays down the plans for force development and modernisation over three plan periods from 2005-22.
- Aim: To build a three-dimensional force that is able to meet all future challenges